The holiday season is the perfect time for sparkling drinks. Stressed out from shopping? Champagne. Forget to add the sugar to your gingerbread? Champagne. Family won’t stop asking what your six month old baby wants for Christmas? Champagne (baby doesn’t want champagne, mommy does). It’s an A+ holiday problem solver. And you don’t have to drink it alone, that might get boring (and you might get a little too tipsy). I’m hear with the perfect solution! Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider is my new go-to holiday drink.
There is a Mennonite-owned market on my way home from work; they have the best deli meat, an infinite variety of sprinkles and a whole aisle devoted to chocolate covered things. It’s hard to pick but lately I’ve been drawn to the dark chocolate covered cherries and cranberries. Those snacks were the starting point for two of my holiday recipes this year. First up is a decadent Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge. You’ll need dried tart cherries for this (they might be called Montmorency). I bought a bag of dried bing cherries first and they tasted like raisins, don’t get those. I bought mine at the same Mennonite market but believe it or not, Target carries them. [Read more…]
Making preserved Meyer lemons has been on my to-list for a few years, they have a short season and I always miss it. But not this year! I was in Aldi’s when I noticed they had bags of little Meyer lemons so I scooped up as many as I could carry (I never get a cart) and hurried home. After filling my giant flip-top jar with lemons and salt I still had a handful left over. The same say I picked up a little container of blueberries for the fruit monster but they turned out to be very tart and Mary had no interest in them. Sitting there with my lemons and blueberries it seemed like the perfect time to experiment with a home made Meyer lemon blueberry soda.
The closest I’ve ever come to intentionally running my husband over with my car was last summer. I was canning picked pepper rings and I mixed up my bags of mild peppers and super hot peppers. They pretty much looked the same so I asked him to try one and tell me which it was. He assured me it was the mild one, of course trusting that my husband wouldn’t try to kill me with capsaicin I popped a piece in my mouth. Well… HE LIED. Moral of the story: I no longer trust my husband to tell me when things are hot. He was pretty intrigued when I told him I was going to make Mango Sriracha Chicken Wings, he also told me the sauce wasn’t very hot. That’s why I decided to make up a quick Lime & Ginger Sour Cream Sauce to go on the side. I was surprised when my 2 year old stole a wing from my husband and licked her plate clean. Personally I like them with the sauce.
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like hearts, chocolate and booze. At least that’s true when you aren’t pregnant, but I am, so I didn’t even get to try these lovelies. I can say a very willing group of
victims co-workers found them delightful, though to be fair I stacked the deck. My first choice wouldn’t have been Jameson Whiskey but sometimes you gotta play to your audience. I will say it has a strong enough flavor to come through even though there is only the equivalent of one shot in the whole batch of Whiskey Ganache Filled Chocolate Hearts. You won’t get drunk on them but the whiskey definitely makes itself known.